Tuesday, November 6, 2012

No Excuses. Just Do It – VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WELL, folks, the day has arrived. It is Election Day in the United States of America. Not only will Americans be voting for president, but also for representatives to the U. S. Senate, House of Representatives and state legislatures, as well as on referenda on various state ballots.

Regardless of your political persuasion, outlook or leaning, do exercise if you are eligible. That is, exercise your right to vote. At the moment, the vote is the most powerful tool at the disposal of those without sufficient financial resources to bring about change for the better.

Graphic elements are from Free Clipart. Dear Readers and Followers, be inspired by the above "Rock the Vote"video on the history of voting and the following quotes, then get thyself to the polls (http://www.rockthevote.com/):

The difference between a democracy and a dictatorship is that in a democracy you vote first and take orders later; in a dictatorship you don't have to waste your time voting. – Charles Bukowski

It's not the voting that's democracy; it's the counting. – Tom Stoppard

Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. – James Bovard

American youth attributes much more importance to arriving at driver's license age than at voting age. – Marshall McLuhan

I'm totally down with insurrection in the street. I've had a great time with that over the years. Insurrection in the voting booth is the other part of the equation. – Jello Biafra

Of course voting is useful. But then again, I don't put a big glow to it. Voting is about as essential as washing yourself. It's something you're supposed to do. Now, you can't go around bragging, expecting to get props because you voted. That's stupid. – Chuck D.

Touch screen voting is a fine thing so long as they have a voter-verified paper trail. – Joan Blades

Voting is the foundational act that breathes life into the principle of the consent of the governed. – DeForest Soaries

Voting is a civic sacrament. – Theodore Hesburgh

Not surprisingly, the most talked about race is the one for president. Most are aware that incumbent President Barack Obama is the Democratic Party nominee and that businessman and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is the Republican Party nominee. There are, however, numerous candidates on other tickets. It is up to voters to determine how serious or viable there bids are. Unlike the two major-party candidates, most are not on the ballot in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and the various U.S. territories that vote for president.

Among them are: Stewart Alexander, Socialist Party; Rocky Anderson, Justice Party; Andre Barnett, Reform Party; Roseanne Barr (yes, ROSEANNE), Peace and Freedom Party; Stephen Durham, Freedom Socialist Party; Jack Fellure, Prohibition Party; Virgil Goode, Constitution Party; James Harris, Socialist Workers Party; Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party; Peta Lindsay, Party for Socialism and Liberation; Jill Stein, Green Party, and Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party. (See video above of last night's debate between and Gary Johnson and Jill Stein sponsored by Free and Equal Elections Foundation http://www.freeandequal.org/)

According to the U.S. Census, the most common reason people give for not voting is that they were too busy or had conflicting work or school schedules. – Jeff Miller

Don't let this be you; find the time to exercise (your right to vote).

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